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Peter Jickling

Yukon Icon Columnist Peter Jickling profiles Yukoners


In my room I have a desk where I work. And on the wall above that desk I have tacked a What's Up Yukon article dated December 11, 2008. Titled "Worked Hard, Still Working," it is about Roger Thorlakson, who settled here in 1964. more

Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon People

More than six decades later, Ellen Davignon vividly recalls her first trip to Whitehorse. In was 1943 when six-year-old Ellen and her three siblings embarked on a steamboat in Dawson for the long up-river trek to the family's new home. more

Nov 11, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Marny Ryder seems to have her thoughts in order. The high-energy septuagenarian sits in her Riverdale dining room and recounts her life —in almost perfect chronological order. more

Oct 14, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2010-09-09, PHOTOS: SARAH LEWIS sneill@northwestel.net

Have you seen the flowerbeds outside the Subaru/Kia dealership? They are, in a word, immaculate. Nestled together in concrete planters, the Geraniums, Petunias and Marigolds burst forth in almost psychedelic technicolour. It all leaves one to... more

Sep 9, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Local photographer Lisa Marino believes in the power of her medium. According to her, photographs are a "universal language" in which people from a variety of backgrounds can experience commonality. more

Jul 29, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Tana Silverland didn't ask for any attention, but she's learning quickly that it has a way of finding her. The British ex-pat, who used to be a university administrator in Cambridge, England, is about to embark on a two-and-a-half-year bicycle... more

Jul 15, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

When Ellen Brian talks, she looks you in the eye. She speaks in well-constructed sentences and, when she finds something funny, she laughs naturally. Brian strikes those who meet her as down-to-earth. With this in mind, some might be surprised to... more

Apr 1, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Kip Veale is right at home among the throngs of people who are participating in Rendezvous at Shipyard's Park. As Yukoners celebrate the coming of spring and the longer hours of daylight, Veale stands outside a large camping tent. She engages... more

Mar 18, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Nesta Leduc's 1962 journey north, punctuated the remoteness of her new home in the Yukon: "It was a six-hour flight to get up here from Vancouver," she says, "we had to stop in Williams Lake, Prince George, Fort St. John and Watson Lake first... more

Feb 25, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Dean Eyre sits on a stool in the middle of his newly purchased bike shop on Wood Street. A man as passionate as Eyre deserves to own a place like this: "There's something nice about going somewhere and knowing that you used your own muscles to get... more

Feb 4, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon People

Vangie Ramirez wears a warm smile on her face and she laughs a lot. It is not a naïve or childish laugh; rather, it seems to be a quiet acknowledgement that life is treating her well. When Ramirez arrived in the Yukon in 1990, it was the... more

Dec 24, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

As a young girl, growing up in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Ruth Armson was an avid reader. She read whatever she could, but the selection was limited by her rural circumstances. "I read all the Jack London books," says Armson. "I went to a small... more

Dec 17, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

Sometime near the end of October, I was making pumpkin soup with a friend of mine. There was one missing ingredient: fish sauce. We meticulously sifted through the shelves of a local grocery store, but came up empty-handed. more

Dec 3, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

It is an odd position for Sandi Coleman to be in. On this particular afternoon, as she sits in a local café and sips on a cup of coffee, Coleman is not the interviewer; she's the interviewee. For thousands of Yukoners, Coleman's cheerful voice is... more

Nov 26, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

Celia McBride will be representing us at the 2010 Olympics, in Vancouver. Is she a curler? or a luger? Neither, actually. She's a local playwright with an incredible opportunity on her hands. As the host country of next year's Olympics, Canada has... more

Nov 12, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2009-11-05, PHOTO: Peter Jickling

As a young biologist and a newly married husband, the Yukon offered Dave Mossop a chance to combine these recent developments in his life. "[Grace and I] were looking for an adventurous place to have a honeymoon, and I had the chance to research... more

Nov 5, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

Florian Lemphers sits on the back porch of his Lake Laberge home. This vantage point offers a glorious view of the lake and the fall colours, which are in full bloom. Lemphers rests his feet on a bench and casually sips a cup of coffee (he's... more

Oct 8, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

If you've been to a concert or stage performance, recently, and admired the crisp sound or the well-lit stage, then chances are you are already a fan of Bill Charron's, the owner/operator of Omni Productions. Charron has been a mainstay of the... more

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

If it's true that artists force a culture to come to terms with itself, then few people have helped define the Yukon more than Jim Robb. We all know his work: the billowing drifts of snow, the wispy chimney smoke, the happy huskies and, of course... more

Sep 17, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People

In the early 1980s when Mike Gladish was working for the Canadian Weather Office, in Edmonton, he was given a choice between taking a job in Banff and taking a job in Whitehorse. He chose the latter. "I had just gotten into cross-country skiing,"... more

Sep 3, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People